President Washington expressed genuine concern in that “the alternate domination” of one political party over another, thereby allowing one party to enjoy temporary power over the government that would use it to obtain revenge on the other.
Americans should try to remember why sleepy boys and tired men awoke, and got up out of bed, and grabbed their muskets and shot to stand their ground against their own government. It may very well be a time Americans need to awaken once again.
The brave Americans had taken up arms not for a country, but for a cause – a cause that Thomas Paine would proclaim to be the cause of all mankind. It was not long afterward that the cause would be more cogently articulated -- in the Declaration of Independence.